Six Community-focused growing projects came together for the first Strong Roots training day in late May (2010) to explore ways of making their food growing projects more sustainable and meet others who share their passion for their communities and are facing similar challenges & opportunities.
Groups who attended included Friends of Platt Fields Park, Manchester Methodist Housing Group, Victoria House (a homeless project), Crumpsall & Cheetham Model Allotment as well as Children and Families Services in Wythensawe.
The groups found the day informative, well structured yet friendly and informal. They provided helpful suggestions on how the sections can be refined with feed back from the day reflecting peoples positive experience:
“The session was extremely useful in gaining a structure, aims & objectives and useful information on funding techniques and how to get the best from the group.”
“Very Good and informative, just what was needed for our garden project.”
“Really good day, very helpful trainers, great venue & lunch”
“It was really comprehensive – has got me thinking [and] inspired.”
If you would like to attend the next Strong Roots training day please contact Abby Falla on 0161 234 4053
Strong Roots is part of a package of support provided by Growing Manchester, a partnership between The Kindling Trust, Food Futures, HARP, Hulme Community Garden Centre and Debdale Eco-Centre.